Affiliated Member


Louise O. Vasvári


Professor Emerita, Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory, State University of New York, Stony Brook


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Louise_O._Vasvári, who received her M.A. and  Ph.D. at the University of California in Berkeley, is Professor Emerita of Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University (NY), where she was also formerly Associate Provost.  She has also taught in various visiting capacities at the University of California, Berkeley and Davis, at the Eotvos Lorand University and at the Central European University (both in Budapest), the University of Connecticut (Storrs), the Université de Jules Verne (Amiens), and the National Sun Yat Sen University (Taiwan). Since 2000 she has also taught Language and Gender in the linguistics department at New York University. For fall 2008 she was named “Distinguished Scholar” in Cambridge University and in Fall 2009 she was Fulbright Professor of Gender Studies in E.L.T.E. (Budapest) and the University of Szeged.
Vasvári works in medieval studies, historical and socio-linguistics, translation theory, and Holocaust studies, all informed by gender theory within a broader framework of comparative cultural studies. She has published widely in these areas, ranging from medieval Spanish, Italian, German, English, and Hungarian, to queer theory. Her published work has appeared in English, Spanish, and Hungarian.  In medieval studies she investigates the margins of medieval and premodern canonized genres, studying cross-fertilizations between textualized high culture and oral culture. Related to Spanish medieval literature she has published The Heterotextual Body of the “Mora Morilla” (1999), a comparative study of the pan-european ballad in eight languages. More recently she has published, with Louise Haywood, Companion to the “Libro de Buen Amor” (2004), a work on which she has also published over two dozen articles.

In Holocaust Studies Vasvári has published with Steven Tötösy, Imre Kertész and Holocaust Literature (Purdue UP, 2005) and Comparative Central European Holocaust Studies (Purdue UP, 2009), as well as a special issue of CLCWeb (March 2009) dedicated to Holocaust Studies. She has also published “Women’s Holocaust Memories/Memoirs: Trauma, Testimony and the Gendered Imagination” (Jewish Studies at Central European University 5) and a monograph-length work in Hungarian on memoirs of Hungarian women survivors (Mult és Jövö, 2009), To appear are “Women Prisoner Doctors in Auschwitz in Memoirs of Female Survivors,” and “A nöi test[iség] és a holokauszt” (“Female Bod[il]y [Experience] and the Holocaust”), as well as a book-length work, Gendered Memories/Memoirs of Women in the Holocaust.

Vasvári also works in Hungarian literature in a comparative European context. She has written on Alaine Polcz’s, A Woman in War, about the emergence of a queer discourse in Hungarian in a number of contemporary authors, as well as on various folkloric topics, including the ballad and Hungarian versions of the Taming of the Shrew motif, both in folklore and film.  In collaboration with Steven Totosy, she has currently in press Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies (Purdue UP, 2011). She is also editor of AHEA: The Journal of the American Hungarian Educators’ Association, which publishes scholarly articles in English related to Hungarian Studies and reviews current scholarship in the field.

For a detailed publication list and CV click HERE.



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